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    Try a bike with bar cons before going that route....

    Try a bike with bar cons before going that route. Not everyone likes them. I know some folks love them, but they are pretty much my last choice. I find their location kind of awkward. I bump them...
  2. I agree that the crank isn't the best choice, but...

    I agree that the crank isn't the best choice, but it is easy to upgrade and that is the one thing that I did upgrade.

    To me the brifters are a plus.

    That being said they also have the...
  3. The LHT may be a good choice for those who like...

    The LHT may be a good choice for those who like it, but $1300 is definitely not the lower limit. Three of us did the Trans America and a number of subsequent tours on a Windsor Touring. It is still...
  4. I may be wrong but it seems to me as if there are...

    I may be wrong but it seems to me as if there are probably very few of those among the bike touring community. Maybe I just don't travel in the same circles as them though.
  5. Do yourself a favor and buy a complete bike. ...

    Do yourself a favor and buy a complete bike. Building up a bike is generally more expensive unless maybe you already have a lot of the parts. I think most folks who build up their own do so because...
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    It is purely personal preference, but I have a...

    It is purely personal preference, but I have a hard time imagining a tent or sleeping bag/pad neatly strapped on a rack would be considered more "messy looking" than a pannier on one side only. Your...
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    It would work, but I'd probably use the front...

    It would work, but I'd probably use the front panniers with the tent and if necessary some other stuff on the top of the rear rack. I have actually gone that route with small front panniers and it...
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    Yes I agree. A few more thoughts on this......

    Yes I agree.

    A few more thoughts on this...
    For reducing the load, I find that streamlining my packing list can go a lot further than using a drop box. I actually find that I want all of the...
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    I have done both and much prefer using the post...

    I have done both and much prefer using the post office to mailing to a business. The reason is that if something goes wrong like the package is late, they are closed when I am in that town, or I...
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    On the Southern Tier I had absolutely zero issues...

    On the Southern Tier I had absolutely zero issues with that. Not so much as a snide remark.

    Also I saw more artsy types and hippie types on the Southern Tier than on the Trans America or anywhere...
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    I mostly agree, but... The pressure to be a...

    I mostly agree, but... The pressure to be a certain place at a certain time isn't that bad. If it is sent general delivery, you can stop at any post office and arrange for to be forwarded to a...
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    If you have someone at home who is willing to...

    If you have someone at home who is willing to help, I like using general delivery better than a bounce box. I have tried both. Most often I don't bother with either though. I do mail stuff home...
  13. Have a great trip.

    Have a great trip.
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    FWIW: One kind of soap for washing clothes, body,...

    FWIW: One kind of soap for washing clothes, body, hair and dishes is all I take. I have used baby shampoo, camp suds, dr bronners, liquid body wash, and even bar soap. All will work OK for all of...
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    It is hard to critique someone else's list, in...

    It is hard to critique someone else's list, in part because folks value different things. Also unless you are very specific on the individual items the same listed items might weigh 20 or 80 pounds....
  16. Machka's comments were pretty on target. I...

    Machka's comments were pretty on target.

    I will offer another option that might work for you. Pick a place to ride where there are frequent options to stay and then go with a flexible schedule. ...
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    I doubt you will have a problem because of your...

    I doubt you will have a problem because of your hair. As was said already, it is the south not the 50's.

    OTOH, I do find that it is easier that I buzz my hair really short before most tours or...
  18. You definitely can't ride the interstates the...

    You definitely can't ride the interstates the whole way, I don't think any east of the Mississippi are legal to ride on. I am a fan of Adventure Cycling maps. If you can't afford them, I have to...
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    I'd bet that your bike should ride about as well...

    I'd bet that your bike should ride about as well as a touring bike WRT the harsh ride you complain of. I suspect that what you really need is to harden up a bit. Also the very upright posture you...
  20. FWIW, the 100 pound load seems like a pretty good...

    FWIW, the 100 pound load seems like a pretty good place to make changes that would enhance your trip. That is a very heavy load and not necessary unless you have some very special reason to be...
  21. That is the real answer IMO. Also remember if...

    That is the real answer IMO. Also remember if you run out of lower gears walking is always an option and if you find a 24-34 not low enough, it is steep enough that walking won't be that bad of an...
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    I am mostly just curious about what others have...

    I am mostly just curious about what others have done, but am entertaining the notion of taking a musical instrument along and using it mostly as recreation but also as a means of meeting folks. I...
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    Thanks for the link. It seems to me as if the...

    Thanks for the link.

    It seems to me as if the audition and permit system would eliminate the possibility of busking when on tour in the locales where that is the policy. I assume it is on a city...
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    I am in the "do whatever you do in your normal...

    I am in the "do whatever you do in your normal daily life" camp. I also think that you are better off not dreaming up stuff to worry about. Given that I live in a semi urban area, I figure that if...
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    Busking While On Tour?

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    I've never run into a touring cyclist busking. I'd be interested in reading more about what folks have done. Most touring I have done has been in rural and small town...
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